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PGCE 3

You'll need to be registered on our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Wales) (K36) to study this module.

This is the third and final module in our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). It’s the single 60-credit postgraduate module you’ll study in your second year. This is the module in which you’ll move to autonomy of teaching practice. Over 30 weeks, you’ll progress from planning and teaching a sequence of lessons to being responsible for planning, resourcing and solo teaching a range of lessons.

Vocational relevance

This is a compulsory module in our Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Wales) which will prepare you for a career in teaching in Wales.

Qualifications

EE806 is a compulsory module in our:

Module

Module code
EE806
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
60
Study level
To enable you to make international comparisons, the information provided shows how OU postgraduate modules correspond to the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ).
OU Postgraduate
FHEQ 7
Study method
Distance learning
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Module cost
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Entry requirements

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What you will study

This module involves academic study, practice learning in two schools and submission of an eportfolio of evidence. Your academic learning will be supported by primary or subject-specific secondary online seminars.

The PGCE is progressive: you’ll return to the same strands in each module. You’ll learn theories and concepts appropriate to your level of study. The strands are:

  • Curriculum
  • Understanding learners
  • Planning for learning
  • Pedagogy
  • Assessment
  • Professional practice.

You should, however, think about your commitment to the full two-year qualification rather than to each module. You’ll study the three modules consecutively and there’s no expectation to break the two-year journey unless circumstances prevent you (there are only small breaks between each module). This continuity enables you to build your knowledge and experience over an extended period.

Teaching theory will be combined with substantial, supported, practice learning in schools, enabling you to explore the relationship between theory and practice and become a confident research-informed teacher. This module is also studied at Masters level, so you’ll also engage with educational research and conduct a small-scale close to practice study.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You'll be supported by a range of staff in school and from the Open University. They will work together to support your individual learning journey within the context of your schools and in relation to your prior experience, knowledge and skills.

You'll be supported through online seminars by subject/phase specialist Open University academics and by experienced teachers in school (mentor, practice tutor, school coordinator).

Assessment

Online study and practice learning activities will support you to complete academic assignments and an eportfolio of evidence. This will feed into your Professional Learning Passport (PLP) in Wales. You’ll be expected to draw together your knowledge of the theory of teaching and how it relates to your developing practice.

There are two parts to each end-of-module assessment (EMA):

  1. Evidence of study (reflective essay-type responses to certain tasks).
  2. Your eportfolio of evidence that will include the following:
  • evidence of progress in practice against the professional standards
  • evidence of progress in relation to your development in Welsh, literacy, numeracy and digital competence
  • lesson observations
  • mentor discussion records and practice learning reports
  • formal assessment of teaching by a practice tutor.

Passing both components of the assessment is a requirement of continuing your study on the qualification.

You can study in the medium of Welsh, English or a combination. However, you must choose one language for assessment purposes.

If you are on the part time route, you will need to complete a minimum of 60 days school placement. 30 days will need to be taken in a block and the other 30 days completed flexibly.

Course work includes

End-of-module assessment
No residential school

Future availability

PGCE 3 starts once a year – in September.

This page describes the module that will start in September 2021. We expect it to run until at least September 2028 – before which, we’ll review its future.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Entry requirements

    You can only study this module as part of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Wales). It is not available for standalone study.

    For more details on the PGCE, full entry requirements and how to register, please refer to the qualification description for the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Wales) (K36).

    Outside the UK

    This module is only appropriate for students resident in Wales or England. Salaried students need to be resident in Wales or England; part-time students need to be resident in Wales. Wherever you live, you must undertake your practice learning in two Welsh schools.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    04 Sep 2021 Jun 2022 £0.00

    To register for this course - see 'Entry requirements'. Registration closes 12/08/21

    This module is expected to start for the last time in September 2028.

    To register for this module, please refer to the entry requirements and contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service (online registration is not available).

    Future availability

    PGCE 3 starts once a year – in September.

    This page describes the module that will start in September 2021. We expect it to run until at least September 2028 – before which, we’ll review its future.

    Additional costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as set books, a computer and internet access.

    Study materials

    What's included

    Module website with:

    • Online study materials including live online seminars with an OU tutor
    • Audiovisual examples of teaching best practice
    • Programme guide
    • Assessment guide
    • Learning practice guide and school activities
    • Forums for engaging with your OU curriculum tutor and other students.

    We provide all materials and learning experiences in Welsh and in English. You may purchase your own copy of Set Books or you can access some titles as electronic versions from the OU library (please note that some titles are not available as ebooks). You will also have considerable support from school-based mentors, practice tutors and access to an eportfolio.

    Computing requirements

    You'll need a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of 64-bit Windows 10 (note that Windows 7 is no longer supported) and broadband internet access.

    To join in spoken conversations in tutorials we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).

    Our module websites comply with web standards and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.

    Our OU Study mobile App will operate on all current, supported, versions of Android and iOS. It's not available on Kindle.

    It's also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook, however, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you'll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.

    If you have a disability

    Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of OU printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader (and where applicable: musical notation and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way). Other alternative formats of the module materials may be available in the future.

    If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Disability support website to find more about what we offer.